Best of Valley Quest
Best of Valley Quest is a collection of 70 of the BEST Upper Valley treasure hunts. If you like exploration and adventure, you’ll love Best of Valley Quest! Follow intriguing maps and clues to find the Upper Valley region’s secret, special places—sites like Ben Thresher’s Mill, the Esther Currier Wildlife Sanctuary, Lyme Pinnacle, and the Justin Morrill Homestead. Whether you are a visitor to the Upper Valley or a life-long resident, Valley Quest is your ticket to adventure. A day out questing will help you discover and learn about the landscape and heritage we share.
At the end of each quest you’ll find—perhaps hidden in a stone wall or hollow tree—a treasure box containing a sign-in guest book and a handmade rubber stamp. Sign in and collect the impression of the stamp. Collect the impression of 20 different quest stamps and earn a colorful Valley Quest patch.
“The school children, teachers, land-owners and others who designed these quests have performed a genuine service and given something of real value to their communities. Their book is, in effect, a vital treasury of experience.” – Vermont Life
“… The Best of Valley Quest is the perfect guide to such experiences and to the many special places available in the Connecticut Valley.“ – Vermont Magazine
“So if you’re looking for something to do with friends, family or guests, try a quest. You might like it as a once-in-a-while activity…or you might get hooked.” – Kearsarge Magazine
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Quest of the Month
The August Quest of the Month is Village Green E in Woodstock, Vermont. Bring a pencil and paper to help you find the magic number! After you complete [...]
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Food & Farm Manager
Valley Quest, Food & Farm
Valley Quest, Food & Farm
— Beth Roy, Food & Farm Manager
Beth leads Vital Communities' Food & Farm team, including its Upper Valley Farm to School programming, and also oversees Valley Quest. Before joining Vital Communities, Beth Roy worked in the environmental and place-based education fields for 17 years in various positions around New England including at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and as the Director of Education at the Nature Museum in Grafton, Vt. Beth is also on the boards of the Vermont Science Teacher Association (VSTA) and the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs (SWEEP), a coalition of dozens of individuals and organizations promoting sustainability and environmental education in Vermont. Beth is a New Hampshire native and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her husband and two children. When Beth is not working you will find her exploring the woods around her home with her family or cooking up a new taste test (made of local foods, of course!) for her children.
Valley Quest Coordinator
— Sandy Gmur, Valley Quest Coordinator
Sandy joined Vital Communities in Fall 2019 to coordinate Valley Quest. Sandy moved back to the East Coast after 32 years in Santa Cruz, CA, and is thrilled to be involved with an organization so interconnected with the issues and services that make the Upper Valley region a vibrant, collaborative, and future-thinking community. Sandy has a BA in Anthropology from Vassar College and worked for several years in Somalia and Greece. She later worked in school administration and then as a Senior Program Associate for the nonprofit Life Lab. Sandy is a founding member of a cohousing community in Santa Cruz and now lives at Cobb Hill Cohousing in Hartland. She is an Executive Committee member of the Sierra Club Upper Valley and volunteers with the Connecticut River Conservancy. Her nurture away from work comes from taking long walks, skiing, cooking, gardening, bread baking, and enjoying time with friends and family.